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CitizensFirst’s Next Gen Out in the Community

By July 17, 2014 No Comments

Most of us think of an animal as a companion for us…but what about “us” being a companion for an animal? What about “us” being that person, whom an animal can depend on, get petted by or snuggle up to. In communities around the nation, there are plenty of animals out there that don’t get this luxury. Some have to spend their nights in the rain and others can’t find food when they need to. Thankfully, for our communities the Humane Societies come to the rescue. We would like to shout out to one in particular, the Fond du Lac Humane Society .

“The Fond du Lac Humane Society is dedicated to providing humane care and treatment to all animals needing protection, and to enhancing the lives of animals and people through education, adoption, and compassion.”  How awesome is that?! That is their mission statement. We love any organization or person who helps to make their community better, so we wanted to help. The FDL Humane Society has a wishlist of items they are in need of. We used this list and partnered with the Fond du Lac Festival Foods who allowed us to stand in front their store and ask the shoppers of they were willing to purchase some supplies from that list.  The community was generous beyond our belief! The shoppers we encountered last Saturday (July 12) were AWESOME! They purchased  carts full of items on the wish list. The generosity of the shoppers and other cash donations made this a great community event! If you’re on Facebook check out the pictures  to see if you know anyone who contributed! We even have pictures of some members of our Next Gen crew!

Next Gen members Steven Andrews, Jonathan Soto, Heidi McEssey, Casidee Birschbach and Tyler Soto, headed up this event and we couldn’t have done it without their help.  For those of you who don’t know what Next Gen is, it’s a program sponsored by CitizensFirst but run by the group of young adults that make it up. It’s made up of young people between the ages of 15 and 25. Together, and with the leadership of CitizensFirst employees, these young adults work to prepare themselves for a successful financial future and volunteer throughout their communities to help make them better places to live. Any young adult can join (that is if they want to have fun and learn at the same time!). It’s awesome to be a part of Next Gen because important decisions like buying a house, applying for a vehicle loan and how to establish a personal budget are not covered in most schools. Being prepared for the “financial” real world is a MUST and Next Gen, along with CitizensFirst, makes that a priority!